Stalky and Co. - Rudyard Kipling

1899 - Macmillan and Co., London - First English Edition
“Stalky,’ in their school vocabulary, meant clever, well considered and wily, as applied to plans of action: and ‘stalkiness’ was the one virtue Corkran toiled after.’

Schoolboy japes and mischief abound in this volume about a trio in an English boarding school, based on Kipling’s own experiences as a young man. An amusing and entertaining novel from one of Britain’s most famous authors.
 
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The Seven Seas - Rudyard Kipling

1905 - D. Appleton and Company, New York - Early Edition
‘There’s a Legion that never was ‘listed, that carries no colours or crest. But, split in a thousand detachments, is breaking the road for the rest. Our fathers they left us their blessing - they’ve taught us, and groomed us, and crammed; but we’ve shaken the clubs and the messes to go and find out and be damned.’

A beautifully bound collection of 44 poems, the pages decorated in an art-nouveau style, and with eight full page illustrations of marine life and history. A mixture of beloved and controversial poems,
The Seven Seas involves themes such as colonialism, war, and childhood, and provide a fascinating glimpse into the final years of the British empire through the eyes of one of its staunchest advocators. Written shortly after ‘The Jungle Book’, the title is dedicated to the city of Bombay. 
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Departmental Ditties. Barrack-Room Ballads And Other Verses - Rudyard Kipling

1890 - United States Book Company, New York - First Edition of Barrack-Room Ballads, First American Edition of Departmental Ditties. First Issue.
A fine example of this large collection of Kipling’s classic verse, 66 in total, a compilation that includes the first printings of thirteen ballads and four ‘Other Verses’ printed two years later under the separate title of ‘Ballads and Barrack-Room Ballads’.

Most proving that we never learn, and many reliving the experiences of soldiers and civil servants sent around the world to defend the Empire, all for little pay and less appreciation.

When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains, An’ got to your Gawd like a soldier........’ – The Young British Soldier. 
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The City Of Dreadful Night - Rudyard Kipling

1899 - Alex. Grosset, New York - The First American Edition
The text’s initial appearance in the United States was through its inclusion in ‘Out of India’ , published in 1895, but this unauthorised printing constitutes the first separate American edition. all eight sketches from the authorised 1891 London edition ‘The City of Dreadful Night and Other Places’.

All that aside, this is a superb example of the most magnificently presented edition, including a full page frontispiece of the author from Strang, and two full page black and white illustrations by Charles Farrand.

In 1898 Kipling first travelled to Calcutta and this is the account of the visit, and if you have travelled to what is now ‘Kolkata’ over the past 30 or so years and been taken aback but its sheer personality, then I believe the Calcutta of the late 1800’s was an even more powerful visual and tactile experience, as Kipling here wonderfully describes.
 
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The Jungle Book – with – The Second Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling, J. Lockwood Kipling, W. H. Drake, and P. Frenzery (illustrators)

1894 - Macmillan & Co., London - First Edition of ‘Jungle Book’, First English Edition of ‘Second Jungle Book‘
A superb and elegantly bound set of Kipling’s classic collection of short stories, best-known being the three tales revolving around the adventures of the abandoned 'man cub' Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle.

Kipling’s genius as a story teller shines, eloquently weaving morals together with his subtle, multilayered characters to produce some of the most well loved stories of childhood fantasy such as '
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi', the story of a heroic mongoose, 'Toomai of the Elephants', the tale of a young elephant-handler, and Kotick the ‘White Seal’.

Beautifully illustrated throughout, mostly by Kipling’s father John Lockwood Kipling.
 
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